When true-life wrestling drama Foxcatcher played at the Sundance Film Festival earlier in the year, film journos in attendance were suplexing each other for the chance to be the first to tell the world just how good it was, in particularly a scary good turn from Steve Carell that puts him in almost certain Oscar contention.
But Foxcatcher is more than just a funnyman in a fake nose acting creepy though. There’s also director Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball), one of the most under-the-radar Oscar nominated movie makers in Hollywood at the moment (though he’ll probably get very above the radar after this), and Mark Ruffallo, who has been solidly Hulk-smashing Hollywood for years.
And then there’s the crazy,obsessive, unhinged, downright scary Channing Tatum, which this new trailer shows off.
Based on true events, “Foxcatcher” tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers.
When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz’s bid for Gold and the chance to “coach” a world-class wrestling team as an opportunity to gain the elusive respect of his peers and, more importantly, his disapproving mother (Vanessa Redgrave).
Flattered by the attention and entranced by du Pont’s majestic world, Mark comes to see his benefactor as a father figure and grows increasingly dependent on him for approval. Though initially supportive, du Pont’s mercurial personality turns and he begins to lure Mark into an unhealthy lifestyle that threatens to undermine his training. Soon du Pont’s erratic behavior and cruel psychological game-play begin to erode the athlete’s already shaky self-esteem. Meanwhile du Pont becomes fixated on Dave, who exudes the confidence both he and Mark lack, knowing that these are things even his money cannot buy. Fueled by du Pont’s increasing paranoia and alienation from the brothers, the trio is propelled towards a tragedy no one could have foreseen.
“Foxcatcher” is a rich and moving story of brotherly love, misguided loyalty and the corruption and emotional bankruptcy that can accompany great power and wealth. As with Academy Award nominee Bennett Miller’s previous feature films,”Capote” and “Moneyball,” he explores large themes in society through his complex character portraits of real people.
Foxcatcher also stars Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller and Anthony Michael Hall. It is scheduled for release on November 14, 2014.
Last Updated: July 3, 2014